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By:AAWest

S.B.ANo.A158

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
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AN ACT

relating to a body worn camera program for certain law enforcement

agencies in this state.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

SECTIONA1.AAChapter

SUBCHAPTER P.

is

amended

by

In this subchapter, "body worn

camera" means a recording device that is:


(1)AAcapable

of

recording,

or

transmitting

to

be

recorded remotely, video or audio; and


(2)AAworn

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includes

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glasses.

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Code,

BODY WORN CAMERA PROGRAM

Sec.A411.441.AADEFINITION.

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Government

adding Subchapter P to read as follows:

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411,

being

on

attached

the
to

Sec.A411.442.AAGRANTS

person
the

FOR

of

peace

officer s

BODY

officer,

clothing

WORN

or

CAMERAS.

which

worn

as

law

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enforcement agency in this state shall apply to the department for a

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grant to equip officers with body worn cameras if the agency employs

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officers who:

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(1)AAare

in

traffic

or

highway

patrol

or

otherwise regularly stop or detain motor vehicles; or

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engaged

(2)AArespond to calls for assistance from the public.


Sec.A411.443.AABODY

WORN

CAMERA

POLICY.

(a)

law

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enforcement agency that receives a grant from the department to

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provide

body

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worn

cameras

to

its

officers

or

that

otherwise

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operates a body worn camera program shall adopt a policy for the use

of body worn cameras.


(b)AAA policy described by Subsection (a) must include:

(1)AAguidelines for when an officer should activate a

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camera

or

discontinue

recording

currently

in

progress,

considering the need for privacy in certain situations; and

(2)AAprovisions relating to data retention, storage of

video and audio, creation of backup copies of the video and audio,

and maintenance of data security.


(c)AAA policy adopted under this section must be consistent

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with the Federal Rules of Evidence and Texas Rules of Evidence.


Sec.A411.444.AATRAINING.

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(a)

Before

law

enforcement

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agency may operate a body worn camera program, the agency must

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provide training to:

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(1)AAofficers who will wear the body worn cameras; and

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(2)AAany other personnel who will come into contact

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with

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cameras.

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video

and

(b)AAThe

audio

data

department,

obtained

in

from

the

use

consultation

of

with

body

the

worn

Texas

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Commission on Law Enforcement, the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement

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Management

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Institute at Dallas, and the Texas Police Chiefs Association, shall

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develop the curriculum for a training program under this section.

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Institute

of

Texas,

the

W.

W.

Caruth,

Jr.,

Police

Sec.A411.445.AARECORDING INTERACTIONS WITH THE PUBLIC.

(a)

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An officer equipped with a body worn camera shall activate the

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camera when responding to calls for assistance and when performing

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other

law

enforcement

activities,

including

traffic

stops,

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pursuits, arrests, searches, or interrogations, unless activation

of the camera would be unsafe, unrealistic, or impracticable.

(b)AAAn officer equipped with a body worn camera may choose

not to activate a camera or may choose to discontinue a recording

currently in progress for any nonconfrontational encounter with a

person, including an interview of a witness or victim.


Sec.A411.446.AAPROHIBITED ACTS.

(a)

An officer on duty may

not use a body worn camera that is not issued and maintained by the

law enforcement agency that employs the officer.


(b)AAA

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person

may

not

tamper

with,

delete,

or

make

an

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unauthorized copy of data obtained through the use of a body worn

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camera under this subchapter.

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(c)AAA person may not release a recording created with a body

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worn camera under this subchapter unless the person first obtains

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the permission of the applicable law enforcement agency.

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Sec.A411.447.AARECORDINGS AS EVIDENCE.

A recording created

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with a body worn camera and documenting an incident that involves

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the use of deadly force or that is otherwise the subject of an

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investigation may not be deleted or destroyed or released to the

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public

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incident.

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before

the

completion

of

the

Sec.A411.448.AARIGHTS OF OFFICERS.

investigation

into

the

An officer is entitled to

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access any recording of an incident involving the officer before

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making a statement about the incident.

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SECTIONA2.AA(a)

The

Department

of

Public

Safety,

in

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consultation with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, the Bill

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Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, the W. W.

S.B.ANo.A158
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Caruth,

Jr.,

Police

Institute

at

Dallas,

and

the

Texas

Police

Chiefs Association, shall develop the curriculum for the training

program required under Section 411.444, Government Code, as added

by this Act, not later than January 1, 2016.

(b)AAA law enforcement agency that is operating a body worn

camera program on the effective date of this Act shall develop and

implement the policy required under Section 411.443, Government

Code, as added by this Act, and implement the training program

required under Section 411.444, Government Code, as added by this

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Act, not later than September 1, 2016.


SECTIONA3.AAThis Act takes effect September 1, 2015.